The best ways to watch the Super Bowl on your Mac/iOS device

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Date: Friday, January 30th, 2015, 11:10
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If you’re looking for ways to watch the Super Bowl come Sunday, Apple’s got you covered.

Just like other networks that have offered a free live stream of the Super Bowl in previous years, in 2015 NBC will make the game available through its NBC Sports website and mobile app. Still, we’ve got other ways to catch it on the device you want to view it on.

On your Mac:
This one’s easy: Just head to the NBC Sports Live Extra Website to watch the game for free. There’s no need to sign in or jump through any other hoops, and you can tune in as early as noon on February 1 to get your fill of pre-game coverage before the 6:30 p.m. EST kick-off. The live stream even includes the halftime show, which wasn’t the case the last time NBC streamed the Super Bowl in 2012.

On your iPhone or iPad:
Watching from an iPad is also easy enough, as you can simply snag the NBC Sports Live Extra app to watch the live stream. Again, no cable login is required.

Phone access is more complicated but definitely feasible. The NFL Mobile app will have a live stream of the Super Bowl, but only for only Verizon Wireless customers. And if you don’t have a “More Everything” shared data plan, you’ll need to sign up for a US$5 monthly fee to access the game. Without Verizon, your best bet for remote access is to just take a tablet or notebook with you, then set up a mobile hotspot on your iPhone to provide the Internet connection.

If you really want to get fancy, you can try using a remote desktop app to connect with your computer at home and access the NBC Sports website remotely. Chrome Remote Desktop does a decent job with video streaming, though getting audio to work can be a hassle. Splashtop also works well for streaming media, but requires a subscription for mobile network access. In both cases, you’ll want to plan ahead and set up these solutions before you leave the house.

On Apple TV:
Before you even think about streaming the Super Bowl on Apple TV, first consider using a plain old antenna instead. You can buy one for under US$20 from your nearest big box or electronics store, and you’ll get smooth, high-quality video that rivals what you get from cable. can help you figure out if you’re in broadcast range.

If the antenna isn’t a viable option (because you’re too far from NBC’s broadcast tower, for instance), you can turn to more elaborate streaming setups:

Apple TV doesn’t have a way to stream the Super Bowl directly, but if you have an iPad, you can use the NBC Sports Live Extra app and AirPlay to beam the video to your television. Once you have the video running, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up Control Center, then hit the AirPlay button to connect with Apple TV.

Alternatively, you can set up AirPlay mirroring on a Mac to stream the game from the NBC Sports Live Extra Website. Just look for the AirPlay menu on your Mac, or turn to Apple’s site if you need further instructions.

In both cases, you should plug in your device to avoid battery drain, and disable screen lock to avoid any interruptions in the stream.

No matter what, enjoy the game on Sunday and let us know if you found an optimal setup that worked for you.

Beyond that, and speaking from my Born-in-Boston roots…GO PATRIOTS!!! 🙂

– Via Macworld

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